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1942: War comes to Australia - Alan Phillips & Jacqui Haraldstad

In 1942 Australia was attacked from outside for the first time. Soon after the sinking of the cruiser Sydney (Nov 1941), bombing of Pearl Harbour (Dec 1941) and fall of Singapore a series of attack on the Australian mainland occurred. Darwin was bombed in February 1942, and Broome in March. The Coral Sea battle occurred in May and subs enter Sydney Harbour in May/June. Sydney and Newcastle were bombarded from the sea in June. Numerous other air raids on towns in NT, WA and Qld began in 1942 and continued into late 1943, many with minor damage and only occasional casualties. This presentation will give an overview of these attacks. It will conclude with a brief look at some of the 70th anniversary commemorations coming in 2012 and some of the WWI and Gallipoli Centenary commemorations already being planned for 2014 and beyond.

Are you are you making the most of TROVE? - Shauna Hicks

This talk highlights what the National Library of Australia can offer remote researchers (ie those not living in Canberra). It covers various E-Resources, the Library's comprehensive catalogue TROVE and its various subsets including Picture Australia, Historic Newspapers and More and the NLA's web archive PANDORA.

Asylums: looking for the sick, the poor & the aged - Shauna Hicks

Asylum records are an under-utilised resource and it is important to realise that asylums also housed the elderly, the sick, the destitute as well as those suffering a mental illness. This presentation looks at what records are available and how to access them.

Australian government & police gazettesCarole Riley

Government and Police Gazettes can not only help you find the detail of the lives of your ancestors; they can also help you solve those puzzles. Government Gazettes contain details of laws and regulations that affected the general population, land transactions, unclaimed mail, assigned covnvicts, government employees court notices, and much more. Police Gazettes contain the victims as well as the perpetrators of crimes, missing persons, police appointments, details of publicans' licenses, escaped convicts and other prisoners, and more. This talk will demostrate the wealth of material that can be found in these wonderful resources, with examples of problems solved from my own client research.

Australia's ANZAC heritage - Neil Smith

Colonel Smith will provide a brief overview of all the conflicts in which Australians have been involved from the 1860 New Zealand Wars to the present day with moving and personal examples of the sacrifices made. Neil's emphasis throughout will be on the family historian's need to better understand those who served; what sort of people they were and the part they have played in developing the Australian character.

Community history: research and writing - Judy Murdoch & Pam O'Connor, Kanawinka Writers and Historians

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Connecting with family lines online - Rosemary Kopittke

We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines. This presentation has a look at GenesReunited, MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?

DNA for genealogists - Kerry Farmer

Learn how the genetic markers in DNA can help you find your ancestors, when genealogy is combined with genetics. How do you decide which DNA tests and which DNA testing companies best suit what you want to know? Links for further reading about the subject as well as for the DNA testing companies and DNA databases can be found at familyhistoryresearch.com.au/courses/DNA

FamilySearch: ancestors at your fingertips - Paul Parton

FamilySearch is developing exciting, free, on-line tools to assist family historians and has released a beta version of ‘England Jurisdictions 1851’. A map of England is displayed, underneath which is a database of the jurisdictions of England as they existed in 1851. Knowing a jurisdiction is a vital clue to finding records for family history research. By clicking on a location on the map of England, a link will take you to the Family History Library Catalog where a list of filmed records for that location will be found. These records could be census, church, poor law, family history, tax, land, school records and many more categories.

FamilySearch: more records to more people faster - Paul Parton

An aim of FamilySearch is to bring ‘more records to more people, faster’. A major initiative in achieving this is FamilySearch Indexing. This is an on-line community based transcription project consisting entirely of volunteer indexers. With 300,000 volunteers currently registered we are the world’s largest community-based transcription service. A major project, using our own equipment and services, is digitising and indexing 2.4 million rolls of microfilm held in the FamilySearch vaults. Take a peek in the vaults and see how this project works and the benefits it provides.

Findmypast.com.au: what is there, what is coming and how to use it - Rosemary Kopittke

Findmypast.com.au  Learn what a great range of unique records are available for researching your families on this new site, what is coming and learn the best way to do your searching.

Findmypast.co.uk: an introduction— Rosemary Kopittke

This presentation looks at the hundreds of millions of records currently available on Findmypast.co.uk and how they can help you with your family history – records predominately covering England and Wales though there are people from elsewhere in the passenger lists and other documents. It will also look at what is to come – more military records, reindexed deaths, and much more.

Genealogical Society of Victoria: GSV @ Home - Susie Zada

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Google your family tree: tips & tricks - Shauna Hicks

This talk looks at basic search strategies and how researchers can maximise their search results. It also addresses more advanced searching using Google features such as Alerts, Library, Images, Videos and Maps.

Identifying and dating old photographs -  Graham Jaunay

Identifying and dating 19th century family photographs. Everyone seems to have those old photographs of unknown people. This presentation will help identify the type of photograph and date it from its pictorial content and thus assist in the identification of the person/s depicted.

It's not all online: where else can I look? - Shauna Hicks

This presentation is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on. Finding out where our ancestors lived, where they went to school, worked and what their involvement was in the local community are all aspects of our ancestors lives and help us to know them more.

Our early citizen soldiers: volunteers and militia prior to the First World War - Andrew Kilsby

This presentation range over the 19th Century to the Boer War up to the beginning of the First World War. It will look at how country South Australia and Victoria responded and the resettlement of soldiers who returned.

Regional newspapers: a wonderful resource, featuring the Border Watch 150 years on - Graham Greenwood

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ScotlandsPeople - Rosemary Kopittke

An overview of ScotlandsPeople – the official online source of parish register, civil registration, census, wills and testaments records for Scotland. Containing almost 80 million records, the ScotlandsPeople database is the primary source of information for those researching Scottish families.

Sewerage records: an untapped magnificent resource - Susie Zada

Sewerage is not something we instantly associate with our ancestors nor is it a resource that many people have high on their list for checking.  For those who have looked at sewerage plans, you will start to understand the value of this resource but when you dig even deeper into sewerage records [pun intended!] you will start to understand why this is a magnificent resource.  These records don’t discriminate between large mansions and small workers’ cottages – they are all encompassing – you just have to dig them out!

Social media for family historians - Carole Riley

The internet has made social interaction possible on a scale unimagined a few years ago, and is a boon for family historians. Information and photos can be shared more easily than ever before, and communication with distant relatives can become a part of everyday life rather than an annual Christmas card. Social media will be defined and described, and some social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and some genealogy-related blogs will be shown.

South Australia and Victoria in war: the story of the 9th Light Horse and men from the region who served - Andrew Kilsby

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South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society -  Richard Sullivan

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South Australia's major archives for family historians -  Graham Jaunay

Learn about the major archive in SA available to family historians, their collections and how to access them.

South East industries with a national link - Graham Greenwood

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Tracing English ancestors - Kerry Farmer

Tracing your ancestors in England with an overview of resources, including civil registration, church records, census, cemetery records, directories, maps, newspapers, wills, military and more.